Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Giant Hot Dog

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3434 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034

A giant hot dog overlooks a 7-11 on Overland Avenue.
A giant hot dog overlooks a 7-11 on Overland Avenue.

On Overland Avenue, to the left of a convenience store 7-11, hanging off the neighboring building is a giant hot dog! Complete with ketchup, mustard, and what looks a little like relish, or perhaps onion, the hot dog use to reside over near Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, formerly above a Thai restaurant called Thai Town Express.

Thai Town Express inherited the giant fiberglass hot dog from Red's Hot Dog when they moved into the location in 2007. As the story goes, the lease forbid the removal of the hot dog from the building. Apparently being a Thai restaurant with a giant hot dog on your roof doesn't scream eat here, as the Thai Town Express moved out in 2008 and the building sat vacant after. Thai Town Express even tried sharing the rent as they temporarily had an auto insurance place sharing the space with them for a short while.

Well on November 16th, 2011, after the Thai restaurant had long been closed, the hot dog was removed from its building and relocated over to Overland Avenue, as its former home was scheduled to be destroyed.

Giant Hot Dog
Giant Hot Dog
Giant Hot Dog
Giant Hot Dog
Giant Hot Dog
Giant Hot Dog

Now, although it overlooks a place that actually sells hot dogs, it technically sits on the edge of a building that houses the National Promotions and Advertising Inc or NPA. They handle posting advertisements on construction sites, empty lots, and other buildings. Called Wildposting, the practice is very popular and common in Los Angeles and other large cities.

So if you want to see a giant hot dog, head on over to Overland Avenue and maybe, if you wish, get a hot dog at the 7-11 next door. For another giant hot dog, also check out the six foot long dog on W. Olive Avenue in Burbank. There's also two giant hamburgers hanging out on South Soto, near Whittier.

Last Edited: 2016-05-12